The blog that you’ve landed on here is my general purpose blog where I write about my writing, my photography, my politics and whatever else comes to mind. You are welcome to explore here, but don’t forget to go onward to see the A to Z blog posts about my mother.
Last year was quite productive, so I signed up again for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Over 1500 bloggers participate in this challenge to write a new post daily following the alphabet. If you’re a blogger and haven’t tried a challenge, it’s a marvelous way to build a habit of writing.
It started April 1st, so my first effort was A Is for Aviatrix. It’s posted on my Discovering Mom blog where I write about my mother. I started that blog after her death as a tribute to her and to store my memories
On the 2nd day, I wrote B Is for Big Rocks. The blog gives me a place to share photos from the family album so my sisters and cousins can add them to their albums.
D is for Depression Era Cooking features another of Mom’s essays that I tracked down on the Wayback Machine. I’ve had fairly good success finding some of her articles previously published on eHow. Hopefully it finds a safe place online with the blog.
For Easter Sunday, I pulled out some of my 1950s memories and some of Mom’s 1930s stories to share in E is for Easter Memories.
A concern of mine matched up with an old article of Mom’s in F is for Fear of Falling. You don’t have to be old, as any age can benefit from her recommendations.
I probably diversify too much and end up not giving any of my blogs proper attention. The one you’re viewing now is my catch-all. I might promote one of my niche topics from Hubpages or write about a trip I took.
Here are my other blogs:
Discovering Mom is my blog about facets of my mother’s life. She died in 2013 and I’m working my way through the loss.
Finding My Civil War Ancestor follows the searching I’m doing on my great-great grandfather’s life. Hopefully, my search methods will help others in their family history project.
A few years ago, I got inspired to put my Mom’s writing into a book for her. I used the print-on-demand site Blurb for this.
It turned out great and she loved having a book with her name on the cover. Actually “loved it” is rather tame. She was ecstatic.
If you want to make your mom really really happy, start today putting together a book for her. It can be photos from her childhood, a collection of family memories, or so many other topics. It may not be done by Mother’s Day, but start it and see what you can accomplish.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, why not create a Blurb photo book filled with your favorite moments for that special someone. Instagram books and Facebook books are quick and easy to create and make the perfect little gift for the one you love. For more ideas and inspiration go to Blurb.com. And remember that from now through 2/14 you can save 20% on your entire book order with code MYBOOKLOVE.
What I’d like to create is a photo book of my mother. She passed away last week at age 88. Family members are sending me photos from different times in her life to use in a slide show for her Celebration of Life.
Since the photos will all be digitized, it’s a perfect time to then put them into book form. In the past, I’ve used Blurb’s software to create some family memory books and to make a wedding photo book. I like the variety of page layouts provided and how you can customize them.
You can make a photo book to surprise your sweetie. Start now!
My mom, Gail Lee Martin, has been a writer all her life. It wasn’t until her 60s and 70s that she really hit her stride; teaching classes in writing family memories for the Shepherd Center in Wichita and posting her essays on the Our Echo website. She wrote over 100 articles for the eHow website too.
In the meantime, the eHow web site changed its policies so they no longer paid residuals. Mom removed all her articles from the site. Slowly, I’ve been converting them into lenses for her. Her lensmaster’s name is Gail-Lee-Martin on Squidoo.